Extended Benefits (EB)

  1. Who is entitled to Extended Benefits (EB)?

You may be entitled to extended benefits if you:

  • Are unemployed.
  • Have established eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and have exhausted those benefits.
  • Do not have available regular benefits under the unemployment compensation laws of any state, the Virgin Islands, Canada or the United States.
  • Meet the eligibility requirements of the law and are not disqualified.
In addition, an individual who was disqualified on his regular unemployment claim and has not met the requirements to remove that disqualification will not be eligible for Extended Benefits (EB).
  1. How can someone find out if he or she is eligible for Extended Benefits?

Letters will be mailed to potential eligible candidates, however if you do not receive a letter and feel you may be eligible for the Extended Benefits, contact your local office.

  1. Under what circumstances will I be disqualified from Extended Benefits?

To receive EB, a claimant must follow many of the same rules which applied to their regular UI claim. For example, they must be able and available for full time work, and must file a bi-weekly claim for benefits. Disqualifications for quitting or being discharged, failure to report, etc., are applied to the EB claim in the same way that they were to the previous UI or EUC claim.

However, the EB program does have some rules that are different from UI or EUC claims. The EB work search requirements and the types of work that are considered “suitable” are very different from regular UI and EUC claims.

Work Search: Claimants will be required to make a “systematic and sustained” search for work. This requires the claimant to seek for work on at least two different days of the week and maintain a written record of those contacts. The contacts must be different and cannot be duplicated. If you are a claimant that is a member of a union which finds work for you, please be aware that you will still be required to look for work at different places on at least two different days per week.

If the claimant failed to seek work during any week for which they file a weekly claim for EB, they will be disqualified from receiving EB.

If the claimant fails to make a systematic and sustained search for work in any week, they will have the option of not claiming that week.
  1. How do I apply for Extended Benefits?

You may file your claim for EB over the internet at http://oet.ky.gov/ on Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST or Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.

You may also file over the telephone at (859) 547-3362 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., EST. This is not a toll-free number and you must use a touch tone phone to file.

  1. How do I request a check for Extended Benefits?

You must claim EB on a bi-weekly basis by logging on to the website at www.kewes.ky.gov. You can not request EB checks over the phone.

Checks can be requested on the internet, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.

  1. How much money can I receive through Extended Benefits?

Your weekly Extended Benefit rate is the same as the rate you collected previously through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

  1. When does Extended Benefits start?

Your Extended Benefits claim will be effective the Sunday prior to the date which you file your claim. For example, if you file your claim on July 9, 2009, your claim would be effective Sunday, July 5, 2009.

  1. What will happen to my Extended Benefits if I become eligible for a new regular unemployment insurance claim?

Any time you become eligible for regular state or federal benefits you must file a new claim for regular benefits and your eligibility for Extended Benefits will end.

  1. How will I receive my benefit payments for EUC?

All payments of extended benefits will be made via check mailed to the address you supply when you file your claim.

  1. Will I have a right of appeal under the Extended Benefits program?

Yes. You have the same appeal rights under the extended benefits program as under the regular benefits program.

  1. Does the law provide any penalties?

Yes, if you intentionally make a false statement or misrepresentation or conceal material information to obtain benefits, you will be required to make restitution and may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment, and/or community service. If, by mistake, you gave incorrect information when you filed your claim, you may avoid penalties by notifying us as soon as you realize the mistake.

  1. Can a person who has returned to work file for Extended Benefits retroactively?

If you wish to request back weeks of Extended Benefits, you must contact your local office and request those weeks.

  1. If someone is collecting unemployment insurance now, will they automatically receive Extended Benefits when they have exhausted their Emergency Unemployment Compensation?

No. Once you exhaust your Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits, you must file separately for Extended Benefits.

  1. What are the job search requirements for Extended Benefits recipients?

You must be able and available to work each week. You must conduct a sustained and systematic search for work each week. You must look for work on at least two different days in each week. Contacts cannot be duplicated.

You must keep a verifiable work search record that includes the following:

  • The name, address and phone number of the company
  • The name of the person contacted
  • The date of application
  • The type of work you are seeking
The result of the contact
  1. How many weeks will I be paid under the Extended Benefits program?

Potential candidates may receive up to 20 weeks.